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Soon I'll be moving out of my home office and into a real office, so I'm working on a route map to my new office. Here's my first draft, I'm trying to go for a clean, utilitarian, look. What do you all think?

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Congratulations on the new HQ. I think it looks good. It took me a moment to figure out the relationship between the two maps but I think the line work looks good and will certainly get you to your new location.

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You may want to update your location on Google Maps showing that brick building with the arch next to it if I'm reading it right. The reason I'm saying this is what happens if your clients show up to your home rather then your business? :P

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Maps like this are difficult to appraise relative to content, since they assume that the readers have a basic familiarity with the local area. Style-wise, I love it! The only thing I might change would be to enlarge/enhance the location itself.

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Thanks for the comments so far. It's really difficult to do this one to be honest, because I've lived in this general area all my life and I know the town quite well. I could almost walk or drive there blindfolded.

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I'm not in the new office yet, so for now the Google Maps location is correct. I wonder when and how it will change, as I never actually put myself on there in the first place. It might be using data from the Chamber of Commerce, in which case it'll change automagically as I have to update that registration.
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I like it!

Like David - it took me a second to realize that one map was associated with car travel and the other with Transit. Perhaps setting the text above the maps would help reinforce the relationship by a quasi-title of the two column layout.

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Like David - it took me a second to realize that one map was associated with car travel and the other with Transit. Perhaps setting the text above the maps would help reinforce the relationship by a quasi-title of the two column layout.


Actually, both maps are associated with both modes of transport. The left is a general overview, the right is a detailed map showing how to get there from that 3rd set of lights (car) or the train station (transit). I guess I should highlight that fact more eh? :rolleyes:
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Like David - it took me a second to realize that one map was associated with car travel and the other with Transit. Perhaps setting the text above the maps would help reinforce the relationship by a quasi-title of the two column layout.


Actually, both maps are associated with both modes of transport. The left is a general overview, the right is a detailed map showing how to get there from that 3rd set of lights (car) or the train station (transit). I guess I should highlight that fact more eh? :rolleyes:


Yeah that's what I was commenting on, the map relationship is not obvious. And because the line work is similar between the two maps the reader doesn't get the scale change right away. But I'm sure some of that has to do with my being very unfamiliar with your part of the world! A visitor from out of town but local to your region may see it more clearly. Still, I think I would try to make the relationship more apparent. Maybe use line scaling to show a scale change revealing the hierarchy of the two maps? I don't think you have room for a call out line or box here.

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I didn't catch the scale change at all. I do now that I have read through the posts. Maybe including the train track on the regional map would help ground my geography. Still not sure what the gray circle is for.

Are the direction going to be in English? If so I don't think that lights (turn right at the third lights) should be plural.

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I like the simplicity, and the colour scheme. I didn't get the relationship between the 2 maps at first, then I thought the detail was of the middle stoplight. Can you shift the gray circle a bit to the right?

What about shifting the text elements a little bit, and highlighting the detail map with the same oval as the overview? Here's a quick cut & paste of what I mean.

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A couple of thoughts,

On the left-hand map, label the junction of the A17 and the N285; "Exit 25" perhaps?

Now the nit-picking:

(1) "Leave the A17 at Exit 25, then take the N285 heading towards Zevenbergen."

(2) "At the third set of lights turn right and then, after about xxx metres, turn right again into Kirkstraat." "Take the first(?) turning on the left and park in the parking area". Perhaps a little blue "P" on the right-hand map would be helpful.

(3) "Zevenbergen train station can be reached from Dordrecht or from Roosendaal. On leaving the station turn right and walk along Prins Hendrikstraat, then turn left at Kerkstraat.

(4) "From Breda two bus services are available. The 117-bus stops at Prins Hendrikstraat and the 119-bus stops at the train station."

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Thanks for all the comments. I've used them to make a somewhat updated version of the map (note I haven't changed the text of the route descriptions at all, and there will of course be a Dutch as well as an English version eventually)

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I've also done a complete redesign. This is an idea/style I've been wanting to try out for a long time and I think it could work in this particular case. Note that it is not to scale. E.g. the distance from the highway exit to the 3rd traffic lights is about 2 miles, but to get from those lights to the office is just a few hundred feet.

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What I'm particulary struggling with is explaining that the Zuidhaven isn't so much a street as it is a long, narrow, open space (it used to be a canal running through the town, with a street on either side. The canal has been filled in since the 70s).
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On the updated map the box work makes it easier to read/understand, but it is also a big distraction. My personal opinion is that lines drawn to connect the inset box is amateur, people can make that connection without the linework.

It seems to me that as much space as you are using to make two maps, you could make one larger map that shows both transportation options. Even if you had to augment/tweak the spatial reality it would be more communicative.

On your stylized map are you attempting to represent an 'R' for Red Geographics? It feels more like a graphic design then a map. Have you tried to put a very faint base map underneath to keep the geographic integrity? The text is very difficult to read, I would highly recommend using one color/no outlines.

Hope that helps,
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In the second design the haloed text around the margins is hard to read. I think you could do away with the halo and maybe just make the text the dark orange.
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I really liked the simplicity of the original version. (And I love the traffic lights.)

A couple of suggestions for that version, some already touched on....

To more clearly distinguish between locator and detailed map, David suggested line scaling; in addition, you could make the locator smaller overall and reduce the saturation of its colours. You could pick out the building location on the locator too, and force Zevenberger into the background. Also on the locator, perhaps make Pr. Hendrikstraat a bit less schematic, so the shape helps link it with the same road in the large-scale map.

The first paragraph of text could be the title for the page, or the "caption" for both maps. Or placed between the maps with leaders to each map (maybe too busy).

I notice that the map directs people to the building rather than your business. Is that because the building is well-known locally?




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